IKEA to Ban Hide-and-Seek

 

 

Would you play hide-and-seek in an IKEA store?

Most people think that IKEA store is a fun place. In fact, some have already organised a large hide-and-seek event in not just one IKEA store but in many branches. 32, 000 people have signed up in Facebook in Eindhoven, 19,000 in Amsterdam and 12, 000 in Utrecht, all of which are cities in the Netherlands.

However, IKEA is not pleased. Martina Smedberg, the IKEA Group spokesperson said that it’s hard to control and make sure people are safe especially if they don’t know where they are.

Last summer, a lot of people participated in the game in Belgian IKEA locations.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ban – to forbid or prohibit
  2. Branch – a division of some larger or more complex organisation
  3. Sign up – join a club, an activity, etc.
  4. Please – feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something; proud off; delighted
  5. Spokesperson – a person who represents someone else’s policy or purpose
  6. Participate – share in something; become a participant or be involved into something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What is your reaction about the article?
  2. If someone is going to organise a hide-and-seek event in one of the IKEA stores in your city, would you join? Why or why not?
  3. Should IKEA file a complaint to people who do this event? Why or why not?

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Extreme Birthday Celebration

 

 

What did/will you do for your birthday this year?

Georgina Harwood celebrated her 100th birthday by skydiving in Cape Town, South Africa last Saturday.

She started skydiving at the age of 92 and she is planning to take a dip in a shark cage this week to further celebrate her birthday with her families. She is using this opportunity to help raise funds for the National Sea Rescue Institute by asking her friends, guests and fans to donate instead of giving her gifts.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Extreme – of the greatest possibility, degree, or intensity
  2. Skydiving – jump from an airplane and perform various movements before opening the parachute
  3. Dip – immense briefly into a liquid so as to wet
  4. Funds – assets in the form of money
  5. Donate – give to charity or good cause

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever done extreme sports in your life? If so, please describe.
  2. Would you do the same thing Georgina Harwood did? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it’s alright to do dangerous sports and activities on your birthday? Why or why not?

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Live to 500

 

 

Is it possible to live at the age of 500 and above?

Google executive, Bill Maris, believes that it is possible for humans to live very long.

He had invested $425 million to healthcare companies to do some research about the expansion of human lifespan. He said that with modern technology we can achieve anything as long as we are brave enough to envision it.

Bill Maris is the vice-president of Google Venture which has funded a few popular projects in the past. Aside from investing in healthcare companies, Google Venture is busy in building cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots that will boost wireless connectivity of their Google Nexus smartphones.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Expansion – the act of increasing (something) in size, volume, quantity, or scope
  2. Lifespan – the period which something is functional (as between birth and death); lifetime
  3. Envision – imagine; see or visualize
  4. Boost – increase or raise

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think that we could live to 500? Why or why not?
  2. Do you want to live to 500? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it is more important to invest in healthcare than other industries? Why or why not?

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The Pet that I would Like to Have

 

 

Do you want to have a pet? What pet do you want to have?

I don’t have a pet now. When I become older, I want to have a pet cat. I will name it Kitty. I want Kitty to have white and orange colour. Kitty will have beautiful big green eyes. She will be soft and furry. I will feed her fish and I will let her drink milk.

After school, I will play with her. I will buy her a small ball and let her play in the garden. I will love Kitty and I will take care of her.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Furry – covered with fur;
  2. Garden – a piece of ground, often near a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you have a pet now? If yes, what kind of pet do you have?
  2. Do you want to have a pet in the future? If yes, what pet would you like to have?
  3. What activities would you like to do with your pet?

 

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No-Tears Onion

 

 

Do you know that you can now chop onions without crying?

Alastair Findlay, a British farmer, is proud to say that his experiments in onions is about to end.

He claimed that he developed an onion called Asda Sweet Red which won’t cause odour on your breath and fewer tears will be shed when you chop them.

He started his experiments 20 years ago by tasting 400 to 500 onions every season in order to choose the perfect onion which he plans to sell in the market.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Experiment – testing of an idea
  2. Develop – make something new
  3. Odour – something you can smell
  4. Shed – pour out in small quantities or as if in drops

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think of no-tears onions?
  2. Do you think people should develop these kinds of products? Why or why not?
  3. What are the other fruits would you like scientists to develop?

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Drinking Too Much Water Is Not Good

 

 

Is drinking too much water harmful for our body?

Professor Mark Whiteley, a surgeon and founder of The Whiteley Clinic in London, believed that drinking too much water than what your body needs is harmful.

Here’s the list of reasons Professor Whitely gave.

  • Lots of water can make you sweat too much. He said that when your body has too much water, your body will try to get rid of that too much water through sweating.
  • It can cause insomnia. Professor Whiteley said that when you drink two or three glasses of water in the evening before you sleep, your bladder will wake you up, then you will need to go to the toilet and it will be difficult for you to go back to sleep.
  • You can die from water poisoning. If you drink lots of water in a very short amount of time, the kidneys will find it hard to remove extra fluid from your body and it will cause bad things to your blood.
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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Surgeon – a doctor who does operations
  2. Founder – a person who founds or establishes some institution
  3. Harmful – capable of causing harm and danger
  4. Get rid of – terminate; end or take out
  5. Fluid – any liquid; water

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How many glasses of water do you drink in a day?
  2. Do you believe that drinking too much water is bad for you? Why or why not?
  3. How many glasses of water do you need to drink in a day?

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Valentine’s Day: Traditions from Around the World – Part 2

FEB 15 Happy Valentines Day

 

 

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Single women in England would place bay leaves on their pillows. They usually place them on all four corners of the pillow and one on the middle. This is done to summon sweet dreams of their future husband while they slept.

Finland doesn’t celebrate love on February 14. Finnish people celebrate Friendship on that day. It’s a nice place for single people if they find themselves alone during that day.

Koreans also adopted the Japanese culture of Valentine’s Day. However, single people also celebrate Valentine’s Day by eating “Jajangmyeon.” It’s a dish made of white noodles with black bean sauce. Couples usually call this this food as “a dish of mourning.”

Germans celebrate Valentine’s by giving gifts which has an image of a pig. According to the Germans, it is their symbol of lust and luck.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Summon – to ask for (someone or something) to come;
  2. Finnish – someone or something that originated from Finland
  3. Mourning – great sadness felt because someone has died
  4. Lust – sexual desire

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about the traditions other people do to celebrate Valentine’s?
  2. How do people celebrate Valentine’s?
  3. Is it an important event in your country? Why or why not?

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Valentine’s Day: Americans’ Way to Celebrate

 

 

How do Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Do you know that more than 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers, cards, and candies? In fact, an estimate of 1 billion cards is being used for Valentine’s Day each year, more than other holidays in America except for Christmas.

Americans also consume 35 billion heart shaped chocolates are sold and 220 million roses are produced each year. Americans spend almost 20 billion dollars for Valentine’s Day or 130 dollars per person per year.

While candies and flowers are the most popular Valentine gifts, an estimated 20% Americans are spending their money for jewelleries or 4 billion dollars are being spent annually. Additionally, a 6 million Americans are being engaged on the 14th of February.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Estimate – approximate calculation of quantity, degree or worth
  2. Consume – use (resources or materials) over time in order to function
  3. Annually – by the year; every year

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think Americans spend too much money in celebrating Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?
  2. What is the most popular present for Valentine’s Day in your country?
  3. How do people in your country celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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Safest Cities for Travellers

 

 

Do you know which cities are safe for travellers?

The Economist Intelligence Unit, an independent business who provides forecasts and advisory service through research and analysis, conducted a study by looking at 50 selected cities. These cities were ranked based on different categories such as digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.

Asian cities such as Tokyo and Singapore topped the list and cities from Europe, Australia, Canada and United States are included too.

Here are The Economist’s 10 safest cities in the world:

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Singapore
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Stockholm, Sweden
  5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  6. Sydney, Australia
  7. Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Toronto, Canada
  9. Melbourne, Australia
  10. New York, US

And if you are interested, here are the cities that came in at the bottom of the list:

46. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

47. Johannesburg, South Africa

48. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

49. Tehran, Iran

50. Jakarta, Indonesia

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Forecast – predict in advance
  2. Advisory – giving advice
  3. Infrastructure – the basic structure or features of a system or organization

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you agree with what article? Why or why not?
  2. Do you have any idea why these cities are ranked as safe? Why do you think so?
  3. What are the other cities you think as safe? Why do you think they are safe?

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My Favourite Sport

 

 

What is your favourite sport?

Basketball is my favourite sport. It is played between two groups. Each group has 6 players. Each player has to play with one ball and they have to shoot the ball in their own hoops.

Basketball is a game of skill. A basketball player should have strong legs. He should be quick. He should be able to run fast and jump quickly.

I am not a good player of basketball but I enjoy it very much. It is also good for exercise. I play basketball with my friends and I will continue to play it all my life.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 
Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Hoops – this is where basketball players shoot the ball; it is circle in shaped and located in a high place
  2. Quick – move very fast
  3. Skill – an ability that you get from training
  4. Exercise – an activity that will help you keep fit and not fat

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What sports do you play?
  2. Which one is your favourite sport? Why?
  3. Can you describe how you play that sport?

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